By Jude Atupulazi
Frontline industrialist and President of Osisisoma Foundation, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, has described the emergence of Mr. Peter Gregory Obi as Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate as a divine architecture for a better Nigeria.
He stressed that no matter how hard forces of retrogression tried, nothing could stop an idea whose time had come, stressing that Obi was coming to mobilise Nigerians for social and ethical change.
In a statement made available to journalists, Obidigbo, who was the consensus governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2013, noted that sometimes historical individuals prepared for a journey, but the journey took them to a desired destination.
He remarked that right from 2003, when Obi’s mandate was stolen through what he called blatant electoral manipulation and through his eventual eight years in office as governor of Anambra State, God had been preparing the former governor for a time like this when political corruption had reached its apogee.
‘I do not think Peter Obi dreamed about the massive momentum his presidential aspiration was building among Nigerians. I am sure he did not even plan to leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) the way he did.
‘One thing is clear, there is always the God factor in the affairs of every nation and people. Nigerians have had it to their throat, whether it is money politics, corruption or irresponsible politicians. The time has come for the people to rise as true citizens to take back their country,’ Obidigbo stated.
While congratulating the former vice presidential candidate of PDP on his emergence as LP’s presidential flag bearer, Obidigbo, who is also the chairman of Hardis and Dromedas Group, urged Nigerians to gird their loins for the final battle against bad governance.
He said it was a pity that the Nigerian elite who travelled to developed countries, including the United Kingdom, U.S. and the United Arab Emirates, failed to replicate the infrastructure and social development styles of those places but continued to wallow in primitive acquisition.
According to Obidigbo, the time had come for Nigerians to take serious thoughts about the kind of country they wanted, maintaining that Peter Obi’s message of doing the right thing the right way resonated with the mood of young and well-meaning citizens.